July 26 and 27 at Bell Centre, Montreal
July 31 and August 1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
August 4 at The Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
“At 69, Mr. McCartney is not saying goodbye but touring stadiums and playing marathon concerts. Friday’s set ran two-and-a-half hours, with Mr. McCartney constantly onstage, and it had 35 songs, not counting a few additional excerpts.
His concerts now are a gentle reminder of his survival and vitality…
He perseveres, and entertains, by directly reconnecting to his songs across the decades and still having fun.”–THE NEW YORK TIMES
“McCartney’s continued ability to perform such key material so gracefully makes his shows more than just worthy entertainment. They’re a kind of public service.”–THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“The 2½-hour, 35-song set featured five decades worth of hits without a dud in the batch”–THE NEW YORK POST
“Paul McCartney is many things, a gifted musician, singer and band leader. Mostly, he is an inspiration.
Last night at Yankee Stadium, McCartney played and played, gave and gave, for well over two hours. He never stopped singing, playing, performing and smiling. He loves pleasing crowds.”–THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Dude is almost twice my age, and that f***er canbelt, and in the physical-grace department, my blind guess of his age might have been more like a very agile 50. I could barely stand in front of my center field seat, which proved necessary pretty much the entire time…
Changed my life”–THE VILLAGE VOICE
Having just made July 15 and 16 New York City’s music event of the summer with two sold out shows at Yankee Stadium that kept approximately 90,000 fans singing along for nearly three hours each night, Paul McCartney’s On The Run continues this week with six more North American dates: July 24 at Comerica Park in Detroit, July 26 and 27 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, July 31 and August 1 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and August 4 at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Each and every one of this summer’s On The Run dates can safely be predicted to feature nearly three hours of the world’s most familiar and beloved music, with hits, deep cuts and surprises spanning McCartney’s unrivaled catalogue of Beatles, Wings, solo and Fireman classics.
As on his Live 2009 tour and Up and Coming’s 2010 run and every Paul McCartney tour since 2002, Paul will be backed by the combo the LAS VEGAS SUN called “his best band since, well, the Beatles”: Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Rusty Anderson (guitar, backing vocals), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums, backing vocals) and Brian Ray (guitar, bass, backing vocals).
McCartney’s recently completed Up and Coming Tour played over three dozen shows to more than 1,000,000 fans from its March 2010 start through its June 10, 2011 conclusion at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, drawing arguably the most enthusiastic audiences and critical notices of McCartney’s peerless near-50-year career.
McCartney’s 2011 live agenda began with his first ever show in Peru, and included his first Chilean gig since 1993, and two blockbuster shows at Rio de Janeiro’s Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange, which also resulted in the first ever concert to be broadcast live on the internet throughout Latin America–allowing over 1.5 million fans who were unable to snap up one of the 100,000 tickets to share in the magic.
In addition to overwhelming levels of critical acclaim wherever McCartney has recently played across North America, South America and the UK, last year saw many career firsts for Paul. These included rocking The White House in front of President Barack Obama and his family in June when Paul was made the first ever British recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize For Popular Song. Paul returned to the White House in December (where even the President joked about Paul becoming a regular there) to be awarded with a Kennedy Center Honor. Paul ended 2010 with a December 11 visit to Saturday Night Live in New York City followed by a career landmark first ever performance at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater on December 13 and three intimate homecoming shows in the UK. He played the smallest club show of his career at London’s legendary 100 Club to just 300 people, which made headlines as far as China. The final two shows were at the Hammersmith Apollo and at Liverpool’s O2 Academy, both of which broke venue box office records.
ON THE RUN TOUR 2011 REMAINING DATES
July 24 Detroit MI Comerica Park
July 26 Montreal QE Bell Centre
July 27 Montreal QE Bell Centre
July 31 Chicago IL Wrigley Field
August 1 Chicago IL Wrigley Field
August 4 Cincinnati OH The Great American Ballpark